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Transformer Starts Brushfire in East County

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

An arcing transformer started a brushfire that burned about four acres  near homes and a shopping center in Lakeside today, knocking out power to more than 8,000 addresses, authorities said.

The fire near the 7-Eleven at Lake Jennings Park Road and El Monte Road erupted shortly before 7 a.m., according to San Diego County sheriff's Lt. Rich Williams.

Shortly after 8 a.m., crews stopped the fire at four acres, according to Cal Fire. The state firefighting agency was one of several entities that assisted Lakeside Fire in battling the blaze, which was dubbed the El Monte Fire.

No injuries were reported and no structures damaged.

San Diego Gas & Electric reported at least 8,395 of its Lakeside-area customers were without electricity at the height of the incident. As of 8:40 a.m., only 3,085 customers remained without power, according to the utility.

—City News Service

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